To celebrate the Spring, and to play with the bright yellow dandelions dotting our yard, we hosted our own “Dandelion Games!” This included several outdoor activities to get us moving. We had read about the Olympics in Ancient Greece, so we incorporated aspects of those games where we could.
Kick off your Dandelion Games with a procession, each holding a dandelion torch high above your head!
I marked a start line in chalk on the driveway, and we played a few ways:
- Throw the dandelion head in discus form
- Line the dandelions up on the start line and flick them (or, in the case of my toddler, throw them!). Farthest wins
- Grab as many as you can at a time and THROW! This was definitely the most fun!
Make a small bouquet of dandelions, and use that as your baton, to pass back and forth between team members in a relay race.
- Toss or flick dandelions into a bucket.
Dandelion Tug of War
This one was just for laughs! I made a dandelion chain, and we had tug of war with the chains – the winner was the one holding the longer piece of the chain when it broke.
Crowning the Victor(s)
Everyone who played our Dandelion Games was a winner – and everyone wore a “dandelion wreath” – I knotted dandelions together to form a chain, and placed it on top of each child’s head. (They loved it!)
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